I was diagnosed 4 years ago with DISH. Didnt go back to the RA specialist until yesterday and he confirmed it and showed me how the disease has progressed. I am female with a predominately male disease - strange. If you have DISH, how has it affected your life, have you come across anything that helps to slow the progression or keep flexible? My doctor told me to learn to live around it, not to let it run my life, but to stop bending over (i.e. when I tie my shoes, lift my foot up to me, not bend down) so when things do fuse together at least I will be upright! Seriously?!